Book Cover Art

Book Cover Art art
My latest commissioned illustration project is a book cover for the novel Night Terrors, coming out later this year. Set in south Louisiana, it’s a literary gothic story filled with intrigue and romance. My rough sketch features the novel’s beautiful main character, set in a dilapidated plantation home. The whole thing is framed by a giant oak tree, giving the drawing a surreal, dreamy mood.

From this rough sketch I’ll be painting a full-blown painting next for the cover art. Loving this project so far!

Gayle Wheatley | colored pencil and graphite on paper

Lunch and Light Drawing @ Bodega

Lunch and Light Drawing @ Bodega art
I love eating! And I love drawing my food. I am kind of a freak about it. Must run in the family because my sis is the same way! She runs the food blog, eat | food | yum, by the way. Together we are food-documenting fiends. These sketches resulted from my portion of our lunch together.
Lunch and Light Drawing @ Bodega art
For lunch?

Nachos
served with corn and black bean salsa, jalapenos, cheese and a side of salsa

Smoked Salmon
capers, red onions, and goat cheese

Brownie (really a rich, fudgy cake)
with berry sauce, whipped cream and fresh berries

and….the best beer I’ve ever had—it was a pumpkin beer!!! Yum.

Sweet Stuff, Grrrr!

Sweet Stuff, Grrrr! art

(Colored Pencils on Paper)

Wow, this is a weekend of holidays! It’s Chinese New Year this Sunday!!! Yay for the year of the Tiger! It’s also Valentine’s Day, then President’s Day, then Mardi Gras…and the Winter Olympics just kicked off! What a blast of fun! So, have a Happy Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, President’s Day and Mardi Gras everyone!

The Ladybug and the Skeleton

The Ladybug and the Skeleton art

Colored Pencil on Paper

Happy Halloween!

Gayle!

Gayle! art

Hand-drawn typography: Colored pencil on paper

Crab Girl

Crab Girl art
Gayle Wheatley, colored pencil & ink on paper

Inspirations: astrology, Battle Star Gallactica and my sketches from the oceanography section of the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History.

Vine Nymph

Vine Nymph art
Gayle Wheatley, Colored Pencil on Paper

The Green Fairy

The Green Fairy art

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!!!
Gayle Wheatley, colored pencil & ink on paper

Inspirations: Irish luck + shamrocks, Moulin Rouge + absinthe, Thumbelina + Peter Pan

Antler Girl

Antler Girl art

Gayle Wheatley, Colored Pencil and Ink on Paper
Inspirations: pink lemonade, deer watching in Nara, Japan and Malibu, CA, Native American mythology and “Necromance,” the most interesting store I’ve ever been to in LA…it’s on Melrose and is filled with animal skeletons, amazing taxidermy, antlers, preserved insects, sea creature fossils, teeth & shells, preserved animal bits in jars and all sorts of interesting stuff.

Meow.

Meow. art
Gayle Wheatley, Colored Pencil on Paper

Stawberry-Lemonade Rocker

Stawberry Lemonade Rocker art

Gayle Wheatley, Colored Pencil and Ink on Paper, Osaka Forever Series

Inspirations: Japanese fashion, punk rock, Shinsaibashi

Cowgirl with Tutu and Lotus Threads

Cowgirl with Tutu and Lotus Threads art

Gayle Wheatley, Colored Pencil and Ink on Paper, Osaka Forever Series

Inspirations: Japanese fashion, Americamura, riding the bull at Saddleranch, Monk & Pantone Rubine Red.

Cowgirl with Tutu and Lotus Threads art

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